Today I'm bringing you greens to raise awareness of National Depression Screening Day.
Depression screening and treatment is something very near and dear to my heart. My husband suffers from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and his sister suffered from major depressive disorder.
In July 2005, my sister-in-law, J, took her own life. She had sought some treatment for her depression and had taken anti-depressants for a time. However, her mind was simply made up. One devastating act has had repercussions we still feel today.
I share this because depression does not have to end like this. And it is more important now than ever given the recent exposure of LGBT teens who have committed suicide. LGBT youth are at the highest risk of attempting suicide. In my home state of Oregon, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death.
As a survivor of suicide, I can tell you how devastating it is for families and loved ones left behind. It is why I am so passionate about early screening and treatment. There is help and there is hope.